National Art Centre


The National Arts Centre (NAC) is a centre for the performing arts located in Ottawa, Ontario, between Elgin Street and the Rideau Canal. The National Arts Centre was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 2006. Ottawa had not had a major performing arts venue since 1928 when the Russell Theatre had been expropriated and demolished to make way for Confederation Square. Performers and orchestras visiting the capital were required to use the stage of the Capitol Cinema, which had been designed for vaudeville and films. In 1963, an organization named the National Capital Arts Alliance was founded by G. Hamilton Southam and Levi Pettler. They successfully convinced the city and government to build the new centre.
The NAC was one of a number of projects launched by the government of Lester B. Pearson to commemorate Canada's 1967 centenary. It opened on 2 June 1969 having cost $46 million (CAN) to build. The site had at one time been home to Ottawa City Hall, and the city donated the land to the federal government. Conductor Jean-Marie Beaudet served as the NAC's first music director (1969-1971).
One of the largest performing arts facilities in Canada, the NAC works with thousands of artists, both emerging and established, from across Canada and around the world, and collaborates with dozens of other arts organizations across the country. The NAC operates in the performing arts fields of classical music, English theatre, French theatre, dance, variety, and community programming. The NAC supports programs for young and emerging artists and programs for young audiences, and producing resources and study materials for teachers. The NAC is the only multidisciplinary, bilingual, performing arts centre in North America, and one of the largest in the world. The NAC is a co producer of the Canada Dance Festival and is the venue for the Ottawa International Animated Film Festival.
The National Arts Centre is home to the National Arts Centre Orchestra, considered one of the world's leading classical-size orchestras. Pinchas Zukerman, a conductor, violinist, violist, and teacher, has been the orchestra's Music Director since 1999. The Artistic Director of English Theatre is Peter Hinton; the Artistic Director of French Theatre is Wadji Mouawad; Cathy Levy is the Artistic Producer Dance; Heather Moore is Producer and Executive Director of the Scene Festivals; Simone Deneau is Producer, Variety and Community Programming; and Michael Blackie is the Executive Chef.
How to Reach:
 53 Elgin Ottawa, ON K1P 5W1, Canada (613) 232-5713
Website:
 http://www.nac-cna.ca/en
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